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Mansfield v Port Vale Play Off Final
at 22:39 19 May 2022

Mansfield I reckon

But who cares?
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Super U's to finish season strongly against the Monkey Hangers at Victoria Park
at 18:29 6 May 2022

This weekend the Super U’s make the long journey to the North East of England to Victoria Park to play the Monkey Hangers, at 45 miles one of my shorter journeys and with both sons in tow and meeting up with Gerry for lunch it should be a good day.

But before any more about Hartlepool, a recap of last weekend.

I travelled down from Durham for the last home match of the season. Journey was excellent A66, A1, A14, M11, A120, A12 all behaved themselves. Purchased some items from the Club Shop before using my Privilege Card for a Steak pie and tea before settling into my seat in the West Stand.

The weather was good, dry some sunshine and not too breezy. The pitch was also fine.

WB had assembled his charges thus:

Hornby

Tchamadeu Chambers Smith Kenlock

Wiredu Huws Chilvers

Hannant Judge

Sears

Subs:
George Edwards Eastman Akinde Coxe Cracknell Wright

Attendance was 3,520 including 328 from Walsall.

I thought that it was an entertaining game. Colchester started brightly and moved the ball well. Freddie Sears has got better as the season has progressed and he looked the most likely to score and so it proved.

Alan Judge took a free kick from the edge of the box which hit the wall but Walsall failed to clear and Sears slashed the ball high into the net on 23 minutes. We deserved a second which I think would have killed Walsall off but they equalised on 38 minutes with a well struck shot from Kiernan. The U’s took their eyes off the ball at this stage and allowed Walsall to finish the half strongly.

Our cause was not helped by an injury to Myles Kenlock (just released by Ipswich Town) and he was replaced by Cameron Coxe on 43 minutes. He swapped sides with Junior Tchamadeu to operate down the right.

At half time Huws was replaced by the big man John Akinde. But still only one up front.

It was a shock start to the second half however with Walsall ahead after only three minutes of the restart. Kiernan crossed for Miller to score from close range in front of the Saddlers faithful (who in truth had been quiet up to that point).

Now Colchester have taken 13 points from the last 21 (including Walsall game) and were in no mood to capitulate and rightly so. The onerous Flynn patrolled the touchline (but in fairness he looked disgusted when the Referee brought a stone to give to the Steward which had been thrown towards Sam Hornby by a Walsall so called supporter).

Fortunately, we didn’t have long to wait for the equaliser. Wiredu was upended in the box and the ref rightly pointed to the spot. Freddie Sears struck the penalty on 56 minutes and although the keeper got hands to it, it found the right-hand corner of the net.

Surely there would be only one winner now. Noah Chilvers contrived to miss two one on one chances with the Walsall keeper when well-placed which was disappointing because we deserved to win the game.

Alan Judge was replaced by Wright on 81 minutes. I would have liked to see Edwards but I fear he will be returning to Bristol City rather than extending his stay at Colchester.

The game finished in a Desmond but we had kept the unbeaten run going.

Immediately after the game the players went into the changing room but re-emerged with their families in readiness for the End of Season Awards.

It was good to see Dean Gerken, the families including the player’s children and some wives for the presentations.

Shamal George was the Official POTY and the CUSA Home POTY
Brendan Wiredu was the CUSA Away POTY
Noah Chilvers was the Young POTY and the Colchester Hospital Radio POTY
Cole Skuse was the U’s Players POTY
Junior Tchamadeu scored the Goal of the Season for his magnificent strike at home to Tranmere Rovers

The players then undertook an impromptu walk around the pitch signing autographs and having photographs with the faithful. Joe Dunne cut a forlorn figure on his own but he too joined the procession.

I didn’t see RC either in the stand or on the pitch.

At about 5.30 I went back into the Club Shop to have another look before heading off to my Hotel for the night.

Today of course marks the 16th Anniversary of our Promotion to the Championship after a 0-0 draw at Huish Park Yeovil. A great day and one to remember.

Now WB with JD and DH have kept us up for another season. Notwithstanding the clamour for JJ to return to the club from Charlton, WB is in the box seat and will be interviewed after the Hartlepool game. Whether he is appointed is up to RC. An early decision must be made because there is much transfer business to be done.

Having achieved our league status, it is interesting to note who else will be with us next season.

Coming down from League One are:
Gillingham
Doncaster
Wimbledon
Crewe

Coming up from the National League are likely to be:
Stockport
Wrexham
But there are Halifax, Solihull, Notts Co, Grimsby and Chesterfield who might have a say in that.

Confirmed from League Two:
COLCHESTER
Stevenage
Barrow
Rochdale
Carlisle
Harrogate
Hartlepool
Walsall
Bradford
Orient
Crawley
Newport
Salford

Then one of Bristol Rovers, Mansfield, PV, Swindon, Sutton and Tranmere will join Exeter FGR and perhaps Northampton in League One.

Our opponents tomorrow have already acted by sacking Graeme Lee 48 before the final home game after some indifferent results. Michael Nelson and Antony Sweeney will take charge at Victoria Park this weekend.

There are a number of would-be suitors:
Nelson and Sweeney plus
Gavin Strachan
Andy Woodman
Tommy Miller
Pete Wild
Peter Beardsley
Ross Turnbull
Keith Miller
Chris Beech
Keith Hill
Kenny Jackett
Simon Grayson
David Unsworth
Michael Appleton
Tony Mowbray (who leaves Blackburn this weekend)

The decision so soon before the final game does seem a strange one but that is football management for you.

Hartlepool have averaged 5,200 at home games this season (not bad for a first season back).

So how will WB set up his Colchester charges for the final match this season.

I still reckon that Bristol City will want Owura Edwards back.

Kenlock and Huws are both out and I wouldn’t risk Cole Skuse therefore:

Hornby

Coxe Chambers Smith Tchamadeu

Wiredu Chilvers

Hannant Judge

Akinde Sears

Subs Cracknell Wright
George Edwards Eastman MWH Tovide

Table:

Bradford 45 55
Walsall 45 54
Hartlepool 45 54
Harrogate 45 54
Carlisle 45 53
COLCHESTER 45 52
Rochdale 45 50
Barrow 45 44
Stevenage 45 44
Oldham 45 37 R
Scunny 45 26 R

Weather tomorrow will be 11 degrees Celsius mostly cloudy but dry.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Prediction 2-1 to the Super U’s

Enjoy the game

Up the U's

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Saddlers to fall at the first after leathering by the Super U's at the JSCS
at 22:17 29 Apr 2022

After a great Away win at Rodney Parade last Friday, the Super U’s return home for the last League at the JSCS this season. And Yours truly will be there to witness a classy Home win.

The U’s will be aiming for a third consecutive victory after the impressive results against Bradford and Newport. With the Seasonal Awards to take place immediately after the game and the opportunity for the fans to thank Junior Tchamadeu for his EFL League Two award for Apprentice of the Year it is hoped that we might get a decent attendance too (4,500 perhaps).

The Exiles will be there is force with Wessex and family travelling by train and me driving down from Durham (260 miles each way). My first home game of the season as well to go with the eleven Away matches. I will be at the Monkey Hangers next week for the final game of the season.

A win tomorrow and we could go 13th in the table.

Walsall 44 53
Hartlepool 44 53
Bradford 44 52
COL U 44 51
Rochdale 44 50
Harrogate 44 50
Carlisle 44 50
Barrow 44 44
Stevenage 44 44
Oldham 44 37 R
Scunny 44 25 R

I regret Oldham’s departure from the league, I was hoping that Stevenage would have gone but our poor performance recently against them ultimately helped keep them up.

One thing is certain there cannot be another struggling season next year. We are fast running out of poor teams in League Two.

Tomorrow, we play the Saddlers led by Michael Flynn (a loathsome creature) he say he hates the place (Colchester) because his record as player and manager here is poor. Well, we were poor at the Bescot earlier in the season and it would be great to bow out at home with a 5-0 drubbing of the Walsall team tomorrow.

Walsall play tomorrow in their commemorative third kit of white, but next season their main club sponsor will be Poundland.

Notable in their ranks will be Liam Kinsella son of Mark.

This week also marked a milestone 14 years since the last ever game at Layer Road (the narrow 1-0 defeat to Stoke City) which also marked our relegation to League One. We are long overdue to get back to the rarefied air of the EFL League One.

Now a couple of weeks ago I suggested that some or all of the following should get some game time before the end of the season; Chay Cooper, Sam Cornish, Ryan Lowe, Donnell Thomas, Gene Kennedy and Samson Tovide.

However, I am inclined not to change a winning side and would therefore suggest:

George

Tchamadeu Chambers Smith Kenlock

Wiredu Skuse

Chilvers Judge

Akinde Sears

Subs
Hornby MWH Edwards Hannant Huws Eastman Coxe

Please, please play two up front and let us see John Akinde get 90 minutes on the field.

Then whatever we do make sure we persuade Bristol City to let us sign Owura Edwards and from Wimbledon, Corie Andrews. Bigger mites in cheese you say but nothing ventured as they say.

Then if we can keep Noah Chilvers (Now worth £1.5m) for one more season he will fire us to League One.

One player that I would be interested in the club signing is midfielder Davis Keillor-Dunn from the relegated Latics.

Weather tomorrow will be 13 degrees Celsius and sunny intervals. Little chance of any precipitation.

The pitch should be good and let us see if we can sign off at home with an impressive victory.

I would imagine that RC will be announcing the permanent appointment after the Hartlepool game and I would think that he will be sticking with WB. Whether JD is part of the package remains to be seen. Then we get the transfer business done early and hide Noah Chilvers away in darkest North Essex until August.

Safe journey to all travelling Exiles and enjoy the game.

The Blue and White stripes are back next season.

Prediction 5-0 Colchester

Up the U’s

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Super U's to prevail against the Exiles this evening in the Principality
at 16:35 22 Apr 2022

League Two safety assured for another season (with three games to spare) after a handsome win over the Bantams on Easter Monday who chickened out of the contest and were definitely on the beach. That said of course we cannot overlook a 3-0 home win which has been as rare as hen’s teeth this season.

Mark Hughes was fuming and of course is looking to rebuild Bradford City for a promotion challenge next season.

Colchester have dispensed with Jon De Souza’s services but he has wasted no time in joining Charlton Athletic.

So, what now for WB. Will RC give him the job on a permanent basis. We wait out to see.

League Table:

FGR 42 82
Exeter 42 77
PV 43 75
Northampton 43 73
Bristol R 43 73
Sutton 42 70
Tranmere 43 69
Mansfield 42 69
Salford 43 66
Newport 43 66
Swindon 42 65
Crawley 42 60
Orient 43 55
Hartlepool 43 53
Rochdale 43 50
Walsall 43 50
Carlisle 43 50
Bradford 43 39
COL U 43 48
Harrogate 43 47
Barrow 42 41
Stevenage 42 41
Oldham 43 37
Scunny 43 25 R

Tonight, we travel to Rodney Parade to do battle with the Exiles.

The current top 11 sides can potentially all feature in the Play Offs and that includes the Exiles although their recent wretched run of 4 points from 21 has seen them slump badly and defeat to the Super U’s tonight will put paid to their hopes for another season.

I would like to see FGR, Exeter and PV go up automatically with Sutton as the play off winners. Our Record against the Gander Green Lane outfit is abysmal this season, so get rid of them to League One for a season.

Oldham unfortunately look favourites to join Scunny in Non-League but I would prefer to see Stevenage go down. Our lamentable performance against the Boro has probably allowed them to stay up sadly.

Crewe, Doncaster, Wimbledon and Fleetwood will give me three more grounds to visit next season once again and with Stockport and Parky’s Wrexham to be promoted there will be potentially 15 Away games for me next season, bring it on. I haven’t been to either ground for years so it will be good to become reacquainted with the Racecourse and Edgeley Park.

Of course, if Wimbledon are relegated, we must have a great chance of securing Corie Andrews’ services (even though WB doesn’t like him) and if we can prise Owura Edwards from Bristol City then that would be simply great.

Now I have given up imploring WB to play Big John. He clearly didn’t sign him and has little interest in playing him.

So, the following will line up for the U’s in South Wales tonight.

George

Tchamadeu Chambers Smith Kenlock

Skuse Wiredu

Judge Huws Chilvers

Sears

Subs

Hornby MWH Akinde Wright Edwards Hannant Eastman

Weather in Pembrokeshire tonight will be 11 degrees Celsius, dry and sunshine prior to kick off.

Safe travelling to the faithful.

Enjoy the match

Don’t forget it is again on iFollow.

Scoreline 2-1 to the Super U’s

Up the U’s

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Bantams to go down with Avian flu at the JSCS
at 11:26 18 Apr 2022

So, after the dismal defeat to Stevenage another dismal defeat to Exeter. This was more about team selection though with an ultra-defensive line up from WB.

We are currently not good enough to play 10 behind the ball for 90 minutes but WB doesn’t appear to know that. I am so angry, another season of struggle and waste, no progress, only regression.

It is so frustrating to travel to places like Exeter and have to endure virtual promotion celebrations while we once again look to simply survive. Next season will there be two worse teams than Colchester in League Two. We are running out of cannon fodder.
Table and remaining fixtures

Colchester United 42 45 (Bradford H, Newport A, Walsall H, Hartlepool A)
Barrow 41 40 (Salford A, Sutton H, Exeter A, Swindon A, Northampton H)
Stevenage 41 40 (Scunny A, Tranmere H, Mansfield A, Carlisle A, Salford H)
Oldham 42 37 (FGR A, Salford H, Tranmere A, Crawley H)
Scunny 42 24 Relegated (Stevenage H, Bradford A, Hartlepool H, Bristol A)

WE still need three points to be assured of League Football. Since the Harrogate game certain players have been on the beach and that includes management as well).

Another sleeping giant now led by Mark Hughes come to town today. Bradford, the Bantams, have languished in this league for too long (just as we have done).

We need a performance to gain those three points so that we can play some youngsters and think about next season.

I have booked my ticket for the Walsall Home game and will be going to the Monkey Hangers on the last day. Let us hope that we can gain those valuable points before then.

Of more pressing concern is the contract of Shamal George which needs renewing. Get it done.

I would imagine Corie Andrews has gone back to Wimbledon, totally wasted at Colchester because we simply didn’t play him. Sadly, Owura Edwards returned two weeks ago to Bristol City with a knee injury. A quality player who I would like to see back at the club next season.

Tyreik Wright will also go back to Villa, although not such a big loss.

Sam Hornby should be retained though, if possible, he has fallen down the pecking order at Bradford and was a good stand in for George when he was injured.

We might get to see the youngsters if those valuable three points can be garnered today.

Chay Cooper, Sam Cornish, Ryan Lowe, Donnell Thomas, Gene Kennedy, Samson Tovide should all get minutes between now and the end of the season.

The big question is will Big John Akinde get onto the field today. A 2.5-year contract and he has simply not been played sufficiently to justify the decision. Get him into the team today.

Cameron Coxe should not be risked today after leaving the field at Exeter.

Jon De Souza (as first identified by TOOT) has left the club in a pointer to next season. Can Tony Humes also go please.

So, who should WB play today:

He should line up:

George

Tchamadeu Chambers Eastman Smith

Skuse Wiredu

Hannant Chilvers

Akinde Sears

Subs
Hornby Judge Kenlock Wright Huws Wright Andrews (if still at the club)

A narrow win 2-1 to secure our league status.

Weather 15 degrees Celsius partly sunny no rain. Ideal for football.

Unfortunately, recent results will ensure another crowd struggling to make 2,750 even on a Bank Holiday.


Don’t forget it’s on iFollow today.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s


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Hair today gone tomorrow for the Grecians as Super U's prevail in Devon
at 22:01 14 Apr 2022

So, after the disappointment of the shocking defeat to Luke Norris and his merry band from Stevenage the U’s travel on Good Friday to do battle with Jevani Brown and his merrier men, the Grecians at St James’ Park for the 1pm early kick off.

Sadly, after the heroics at Harrogate several of the U’s players were already “on the beach” for the Stevenage game and it showed in a disgraceful performance and result.

A win would have surely consigned the Boro to the drop with Scunny and the three points would have secured the U’s survival. But of course, as we know if you support the U’s then expect the unexpected.

WB of course hardly helped with a poor line up showing little attacking intent handing Stevenage the initiative. So, with 5 games left we still need those three points to be certain of remaining a league club next season.

Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H
Hartlepool A

A defeat tomorrow is not the end of the world but Bradford at home is going to be tough and then Newport are fighting for promotion points too.

Will WB be brave with the line up tomorrow. Sadly, I doubt it. Expect Freddie Sears to plough a lonely furrow up front in front of 8,000 Devonians.

However, we are chasing our third double of the season having defeated Exeter at the JSCS 3-1 in November. We ended their 20-game unbeaten run that day and we can spoil the party tomorrow.

Selected Table:
TOP
FGR 40 79
Exeter 40 74
PV 41 72
Mansfield 40 69
Northampton 41 67
Bristol R 41 67
Newport 41 66
BOTTOM
COL U 41 45
Barrow 40 37
Oldham 41 37
Stevenage 40 37
Scunny 41 24

I think that WB will play:

George
Coxe Chambers Eastman Kenlock
Wiredu Skuse
Wright Judge Chilvers
Sears

BUT he needs to show some courage and line up as follows:

George

Coxe Chambers Eastman Kenlock

Wiredu Skuse Chilvers

Judge

Akinde Sears

Subs
Hornby MWH Huws Andrews Tchamadeu Wright Hannant

Despite the hype and the early kick off we can win at St James’ Park, a ground where for the past 11 years we have had a shocking record. I have witnessed more defeats and drawn games at Exeter since I have supported the U’s and so it is probably just as well that I will not be there tomorrow.

Wessex will be making the journey and I have read that Exeter are expecting a bigger crowd than when they played Liverpool. Amazing but true. Of course, Ryan Bowman will not be playing and so there will be no repeat of the 6-1 drubbing fortunately.

If WB is brave, I think we can actually win 3-2 and spoil the promotion party. Big John’s (who was a Grecian target) first goal for the club, Noah Chilvers and an Alan Judge special.

Yes, I genuinely think that we can win. The players owe the faithful a performance after the misery against Stevenage.

The weather will be mild 16 degrees Celsius and cloudy but a chance of a shower or two.

Frankly it is time that WB was brave and played two up from the start. Akinde and Sears will offer much more than a lone striker. Why sign Akinde on a two-and-a-half-year deal if he is going to warm the bench all the time.

Give Corie Andrews some game time too. WB clearly doesn’t like him but I do and think he has immense talent and skill.

Play the trio of Wiredu, Skuse and Chilvers to control the midfield and tuck Judge in just behind the front two. Com eon you know it makes sense.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game and don’t forget iFollow are screening it for a tenner.

Happy Easter

Up the U’s


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Super U's league status secure after victory over Boro at the JSCS
at 11:22 9 Apr 2022

Colchester United embark today on a mission to win three consecutive games, something they haven’t done for four years.

After another deserved Away day performance in North Yorkshire, the U’s look to put Stevenage to the sword and achieve 48 points which will surely be enough to secure our League status for next season.

Now I’m going to make a prediction later on Grand National day, even though I haven’t got much idea about nags but I will predict a handsome 6-1 win for the U’s today.

Really you say he’s lost it this time. No, it’s about time that we won a game in some style and what better way to secure our status but to score six goals at home and to effectively relegate Steve Evans side who like the U’s have endured a torrid time over the past few seasons. Today is not a day for complacency or to assume it is job done only a professional and confident display will do for the U’s.

A larger crowd can be expected today. Boro will bring 500 for this one and we could see almost 4,000 to cheer the U’s to victory.

Stevenage boast three ex U’s in Ben Coker, Luke Prosser and Chuck Norris but that will not help them today (Norris to score their solitary goal).

Just five games left after today:
Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H
Hartlepool A

Current table:

Bradford 40 47
Harrogate 40 47
Walsall 40 47
Carlisle 40 47
COL U 40 45
Rochdale 40 44
Barrow 39 37
Oldham 40 37
Stevenage 39 34
Scunny 40 24

So, who might be Relegated from League One?

Fleetwood 40 38
Morecambe 41 38
Gillingham 41 37
Wimbledon 41 34
Doncaster 41 30
Crewe 41 25

From a personal point of view, I would like to see Crewe, Doncaster, Morecambe and Fleetwood. Four Northern grounds to bolster my Away games for next season. Gillingham could yet escape the dreaded drop, they looked dead and buried but the right Managerial change has seen them climb the table.

Should Wimbledon go down then perhaps we might be able to sign Corie Andrews (I am a big fan even if WB is not).

Regarding who comes up:

Stockport 35 79
Wrexham 35 71
Halifax 36 70
Solihull 36 68
Chesterfield 37 67
Notts Co 36 64
Grimsby 36 62

Any of the above will see me on the Terraces at more Northern (or Midlands) Grounds. However, I have never been to the Shay and that would offer a new ground.

Anyway, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Three points today is the order of the day.

Who does WB chose?

The bad news is that Owura Edwards has returned to Bristol City after his knee injury turned out to be far worse that initially considered.

Armando Dobra has returned to Ipswich. I have to say I thought he was massively overrated and that a gust of wind would blow him over. Quick feet but he was not as good as Syl Jasper who of course returned to Fulham.

How good is our midfield at present? Skuse, Chilvers and Wiredu must be the most effective in the league. All three have been producing match winning performances and Chilvers value is currently £1m+ (I am resigned to losing him in the summer but please not to Peterboro who are total shite).

Surely Big John must get game time today and I would also hope that Corie Andrews is allowed to step onto the pitch by WB.

Otherwise, Clampin excepted, the U’s should have a full line up to choose from.

So, here goes:

George

Coxe Chambers Dallison Kenlock

Wiredu Skuse

Hannant Chilvers

Sears Akinde

Subs
Hornby Welch-Hayes Huws Judge Andrews Wright Eastman

The weather is set to be sunny intervals with a moderate breeze and 11 degrees Celsius at the JSCS.

Enjoy the game, don’t forget about the scoreline (goal scorers Sears, Akinde, Wiredu, Chilvers, Hannant and Andrews (sub)).

Oh and the National – I reckon Snow Leopardess, but you cannot ignore Minella Times.

Sit back in your chairs after the game purring over the U’s victory, before watching the Big Cat do the business at Aintree!

Up the U’s


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Another classic Away day for the Super U's in North Yorkshire
at 17:51 3 Apr 2022

Another League double yesterday and deservedly so. Virtually safe from Relegation now, just one more victory at home to Stevenage will do it for the Super U’s.

Yesterday was another new ground for me. I have now seen Colchester play at 92 League and Non-League grounds including Wembley. But incredibly I haven’t been to all 92 current league grounds.

The grounds that I have yet to visit are Bolton, Middlesbrough, Crawley, Cardiff and Swansea.

I have however been to 120 League and Non-League grounds to watch football over 60 years, 52 of them supporting Colchester.

I have also seen 5 of our 6 Away League victories this season (Salford, Harrogate, Barrow, Oldham and Scunny). 3 out of our 4 Away Draws (Rochdale, Carlisle and Bradford) and only 2 of our 10 Defeats (Tranmere and Mansfield). Seven defeats have come at Home. I am also hoping to go to the Walsall home match later in the season.

So, without doubt one of my best seasons personally for Away results (with the exception of our Non-League days).

The EnviroVent Stadium is basically a Non-League ground, capacity 4,000, with a newly laid pitch just over 18 months ago. The pitch was reasonable but played badly yesterday with numerous poor bounces and after receiving a pre-match water, when the heavy rain showers did come at half time it made for a greasy and difficult surface second half.

Harrogate is only 60 miles from my home and obviously one of the easier journeys this season. Only Hartlepool and Carlisle are nearer. My youngest son accompanied me. A bright sunny day at home saw rain showers en route but arriving at the ground it was dry and bright.

Now parking is difficult at the stadium, but the Harrogate District Hospital is only a stone throw from the ground and for £5 the parking was good and the car park was less than a quarter full.

I was also able to get a programme which for 48 pages and £3 wasn’t bad value. Plenty of stats and a good write up for the Super U’s.

The cheeseburger was one of the better ones this season and the pies were available with gravy which seemed to be going down well with the faithful.

The Sulphurites recent poor form had led to a gate of only 1,615 but the U’s support was a magnificent 387. We took over the EnviroVent Terracing and Stand on the Wetherby Road side of the ground and then the entire Myrings Terrace behind the goal. Outside the ground I met some of the faithful who had travelled from Lincolnshire and Wales. Inside the ground Noah made his way to the Standing alongside the pitch.

This was just as well because the home support was libraryesque at best.

WB (who has lost an incredible amount of weight) lined up as follows:

George

Coxe Chambers Eastman Kenlock

Wiredu Skuse

Tchamadeu Hannant Chilvers

Sears

Subs
Hornby Welch-Hayes Huws Judge Akinde Andrews Wright

After a two-minute delay to the start of the game after a minute’s silence to respect Harrogate’s former manager who sadly died recently and the obligatory Kick it Out salute, the match started.

There was great expectations amongst the U’s faithful. I had anticipated a 3-0 victory and the support was buzzing. However, the players had failed to read the script. After the merest hint of time Diamond passed to Kavanagh who had the freedom of the penalty area but when one on one with Shamal George elected to try and set up Armstrong and got his angles hopelessly wrong.

Harrogate however did not have long to wait for an early goal because the Colchester defence was porous and after Coxe made a hash of a clearance on the far-right hand side the ball was passed to Muldoon who struck a shot diagonally past George and into the corner of the goal. 4 minutes on the clock and already a goal down.

The U’s were lack lustre at this stage. Slow and pedestrian to the ball, little attacking intent and the defence were making mistakes.

However, Harrogate failed to take full advantage. The U’s grew into the game and after a protracted amount of head tennis, the U’s at last got the ball down to feet. The outstanding Skuse passed to Noah Chilvers who delivered a pin point ball to Freddie Sears who tucked the ball away nicely past the hapless Oxley. So, 1-1 on 21 minutes.
Harrogate were stunned and the U’s needed to push on at this stage but they did not and settled back into their comfort zone.

As Half Time approached the ball got loose down the left wing and Freddie Sears picked it up and played a neat pass into the six-yard box where Chilvers tucked it away with aplomb. Never a bad time to score but this 2-1 lead changed the Half Time team talk.

Now so far, the ground had been bathed in sunshine but during the half time interval the clouds darkened and a sharp shower lasting perhaps 15 minutes made those of us wet in the seated area.

Sulphurites boss Weaver sent his players out early after half time and they prowled around waiting for the referee and the Super U’s. By the time the U’s arrived the Harrogate players were already wet and cold.

The pitch became greasy and the surface more difficult. Tom Eastman has not had the best of seasons and his opportunities to play have been limited. I do not think he is playing anywhere near his best and his defending is uncertain at times and he does not command the area with his headers.

Tom Dallison would have played if fit in his place I suspect.

Chambers had a solid game and the midfield were outstanding. Brendan Wiredu proved that he is strong and resilient. Noah Chilvers has talent in abundance and again looked a superb prospect. His value is probably comfortably into seven figures now.
But my Man of the Match was Cole Skuse. Turning back the years, Skuse is a superb footballer. His timely tackles and distribution are always measured but his overall contribution is impressive.

Junior Tchamadeu also grew into the game. He lacked the impact from the Tranmere game because he was being asked to hold down a central midfield berth. On 68 minutes WB made his first change bringing on Alan Judge for Tchamadeu.

Now given the nature of the pitch and the fact that the U’s were dropping deeper I wanted to see either Big John or Corie Andrews . Clearly WB considered it was not a day to unleash the beast but I am more concerned about his inability to play Andrews (again). His pace would have been invaluable yesterday particularly in the last 20 minutes.

Harrogate in truth never looked like obtaining an equaliser. Thomson hit a shot from 20 yards which George tipped over with a great diving save. But that was all.

WB made a second sub on 84 minutes when MOTM Skuse was replaced by MWH.
Indeed, when Sears played Hannant in only a smart save at his right-hand post by Oxley kept the score to 2-1.

The referee manged to find 5 additional minutes but Harrogate were a busted flush and did not look to have the energy to trouble the U’s back line.

Great support from the faithful was greeted by plenty of enthusiasm by the players and WB. They know that this wretched season is almost over and that we are virtually safe.

We didn’t rush home and decided to grab a meal in York before travelling home. A satisfying foray into North Yorkshire and another assured Away win.
Assuming WB retains his safe and steady approach to the Stevenage game, I would like to then see a more fluid attacking style for the final five games with young Thomas and Andrews seeing some game time.

These matches must be about preparing for next season and to build upon the improved performances of late.

In the meantime, we can reflect on another good away day and the safety margin which now exists between the U’s and the bottom two.

COLU 40 45
Rochdale 40 44
Barrow 39 37
Oldham 40 37
Stevenage 39 34
Scunny 40 24

Matches to play.

Stevenage H
Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H*
Hartlepool A*

I reckon that I will try to get to the Walsall home match and then of course it is the Monkey Hangers to finish things off.

Have a good week.

Up the U’s

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Super U's to find the right Chemistry to defeat the Sulphurites today
at 10:47 2 Apr 2022

After the euphoria of deservedly defeating Micky Mellon’s fruitless Tranmere Rovers last weekend with a spectacular Junior Tchamadeu crisp top of the net volley in the 94th minute the Super U’s head to the EnviroVent Stadium to play the Sulphurites this afternoon.

The bookies have given odds of Colchester now being relegated at 45/1 and as the table below indicates the U’s position was greatly enhanced with all Relegation rivals losing last week.

15 Harrogate 39 47
19 Rochdale 39 43
COLU 39 42
Barrow 38 37
Oldham 39 34
Stevenage 38 34
Scunny 39 24

So, plenty of reasons to be cheerful. WRONG. First our points total is still insufficient to be mathematical safe, second are we considering that avoiding relegation is a real result when we have seen some abject performances once again this season which has led to 7 Home league defeats. Third for the second season running we have been Relegation candidates and many of our performances have been substandard at best. Fourth all the cup competitions saw us bow out tamely (perhaps unlucky against Wigan). Finally, I am sick and tired of playing teams who have overtaken us and are streets ahead so much so that we have to compare our ability to hold them to a draw or concede a goal in a narrow defeat as an almost successful outcome. And if we ever play Sutton again it will be too soon!

That is why it was so good to see that Colchester elation at the end of the Tranmere game and to know that the Rovers supporters slunk away feeling what many of the faithful have felt this season, total misery.

When we play well and by that, I mean play attacking football we can defeat anyone in the league and that is why it is so dispiriting to see our continuing struggles. I rate our Barrow Away performance, Salford Away and 20 minutes at Scunny as the three best this season. Can we translate this to our Home form.

Despite all this misery I am sure that we will NOT go down and that Scunny and Stevenage will fill those two ignominious slots. So why am I raging this morning. Because enough is enough.

However, struggling in League Two is hardly progress for our club. We are fast running out of poor teams in the basement league and another season at the wrong end of the table will undoubtedly be third time unlucky. The National league has ten teams who would once again grace the EFL and competition for promotion is now centred on an ability to invest big (Stockport and Wrexham especially) and virtually buy their way back to the league.

We still have to make a permanent Managerial appointment. Is WB the man, I don’t believe so, but if we stay up then RC will appoint him as the Manager.

Anyway, the immediate concern is securing six more points which victory today and at home to Stevenage will allow and then the last five games are all about boosting our League position.

Stevenage H
Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H
Hartlepool A

Simon Weaver is finding that despite a strong start the becalming effect of the doldrums has led to their rapid demise so much so that though safe they are only 5 points ahead of the U’s.

Also, our first Home league win was against Harrogate when Syl Jasper scored after an impressive lung busting run by Brendan Wiredu. So, after the Scunny double we are on course for another today.

The good news extends to the All Whites where Captain Tommy Smith played the 90 minutes in their handsome win against the Solomon Islands. They now play Costa Rica in Qatar in June on either 13/14 for a place at the top table this Autumn (to play Spain, Germany and Japan).

So, who does WB select today?

Well, I would go for:

George

Coxe Chambers Dallison Kenlock

Skuse Wiredu Chilvers

Edwards Akinde Sears

Subs
Hornby Judge Andrews Eastman Tchamadeu Huws Hannant

The selection is more difficult however because Judge, Tchamadeu and Hannant deserve selection and so WB may well opt for something like:

George
Coxe Chambers Dallison Kenlock
Skuse Wiredu
Judge Chilvers Edwards
Sears
We will see at kick off time!

The weather in Durham today is dry, bright and sunny, the snow has finally disappeared apart from on the tops. 60 miles south in Harrogate the weather will be 7 degrees Celsius, some sunny intervals and light rain with precipitation about 31%.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful, who will already be on their way North.
Score prediction. A sparkling Away performance and 3-0 to the Super U’s to restore pride and to give plenty of confidence ahead of the vital Stevenage game.

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England V Germany U20
at 21:18 29 Mar 2022

Currently 3-1 at the JSCS

Entertaining game.
Attendance 8437

Come on England.

Any boarders at the game?

Up the U's
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Tranmere to come unstuck against the Super U's at the JSCS
at 18:38 25 Mar 2022

Our third game in succession against a side with Rovers in the title. The first two have been disappointing defeats. I think that we deserved a point at the Memorial Ground and definitely should have taken a point on Monday night in the SKY televised game. I am disappointed because our approach play and general performance has been much better of late.

The problem is if we lose another close-run game 1-0 on Saturday then the trap door to relegation gets closer.

Scunny are doomed and my money is still on Stevenage for the second team even though Rochdale could yet face a points deduction.

Rochdale 37 40
COL U 38 39
Barrow 37 37
Stevenage 37 34
Oldham 37 31
Scunny 38 24

Remaining Fixtures:
Tranmere H
Harrogate A*
Stevenage H
Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H
Hartlepool A*

Three more victories should be enough and if we can defeat Tranmere, Harrogate and Stevenage then that would give us 48 points and the breathing space of five more games to garner maybe another 3 points to ensure the magic 50+ points figure is reached.

Micky Mellon, me old fruit, brings his promotion wanabees to the JSCS on Saturday. Good at home as we found out earlier in the season when I watched us lose 2-0 on the Wirral, but not so good away from home and frankly, we need to get something this weekend. Feeling sorry for ourselves after another narrow defeat at the weekend is not going to be helpful and will put the pressure right back especially if some of these fixtures don’t go our way.

Crawley v Rochdale
Exeter v Stevenage
Orient v Barrow
Oldham v Mansfield
Scunny v Harrogate

Harrogate are having such a shocking time at present that you could even see them lose at Scunny.

So, what team does WB select on Saturday?

Tommy Smith is unavailable having captained his New Zealand side to a 7-1 victory over New Caledonia during the week. Armando Dobra (who) and Tyreik Wright will both be away on international duty too.

Question marks also remain over the fitness of Dallison, Judge (congratulations on that great goal) Huws, Hannant and Edwards (who we really missed on Monday night).

So, I would go for the following:

George

Coxe Chambers Eastman Kenlock

Skuse Wiredu Chilvers

Sears Akinde Andrews

Subs
Hornby Tchamadeu MWH Marshall Miranda Thomas Tovide

Will WB go for the attacking line up. Frankly he has little choice with several first teamers out injured. Edwards would play if fit but we cannot risk him if we need him to be fit for vital games coming up.

Big John Akinde needs 90 minutes under his belt and I am a great fan of Corie Andrews. So, play them alongside Freddie Sears in a rousing three-man forward line.

Weather is set fair with 16 degrees Celsius, bright and sunny and dry conditions.

Our pitch is sadly still not up to previous years. Looking a little threadbare but should still give a good game.

Scoreline 2-0 to the Super U’s, a clean sheet and Big John to lash home his first goal for the club with Andrews scoring after a sublime move.

Incidentally I would have Ben Stevenson back in a heartbeat, he was outstanding for FGR but that ship has sailed.

If only we could guarantee another 6,000 crowd but it will probably be half that on Saturday, but Eddie is back.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

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Colchester to test their green credentials against the League Leaders
at 14:22 21 Mar 2022

Tonight’s match is much bigger than just three points in the struggle for survival.

It is a game for Ukraine and it is televised on Sky TV. Originally of course the lure was for FGR to clinch the league Two title (in March!) but they failed to read the script.

They have failed to win for seven games, but should still go up to League One, but tonight can the U’s perform in front of the cameras and secure three more precious points in our relegation battle.

Rochdale 36 40
COLU 37 39
Barrow 37 37
Stevenage 37 34
Oldham 36 31
Scunny 38 24

It would seem that Scunny are down but who will join them. My money is on Stevenage but Rochdale have a likely points deduction in the offing, which could change things.

Tonight, though we have an opportunity to challenge Rob Edwards side who have not won since February 8. We have taken 17 points from the last 10 games and 11 more points from our last nine games will do it.

We are thirty points off top spot and that is the real embarrassment.

Anyway, team tonight:

George

Coxe Chambers Eastman Kenlock

Wiredu Skuse Chilvers

Sears Akinde Edwards

Subs Hornby, Tchamadeu, MWH, Marshall Miranda, Andrews, Wright, Hannant

Ben Stevenson will be lining up for the opposition not much more to say.

Three points to the U’s in a 2-1 game.

Weather 8 degrees Celsius, clear and dry.

Enjoy the game

Good crowd predicted 5,000.

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Super U's fans currently at the test in Barbados
at 15:18 17 Mar 2022

Super U's flag near the midwicket boundary.

Up the U's
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Inert Gas to be overcome by superior U's at the Mem
at 12:36 15 Mar 2022

Tonight, the Super U’s head to the Memorial Ground Bristol Rovers to play the Gas who under ruffian Joey Barton are currently 8th in the league after only 2 defeats in their last 15 games. They have hopes of a top seven finish or even top three but I am sorry to disappoint JB, but they will fail in their bid.

Table (first time in weeks the entire table)

FGR 35 68
Northampton 36 60
Newport 36 59
Tranmere 36 59
Exeter 34 58
Swindon 36 58
Sutton 35 57

Bristol Rovers 36 57
Mansfield 33 56
PV 34 53
Salford 34 49
Hartlepool 35 48
Crawley 35 48
Harrogate 35 43
Bradford 36 43
Walsall 36 43
Carlisle 35 40
Rochdale 34 39
COL U 36 39
Orient 34 36
Barrow 35 34
Stevenage 36 34

Oldham 34 31
Scunny 36 24

Aaron Collins is having his best season ever goal scoring wise. Since his uneventful loan spell at Colchester where he managed No goals in 7 appearances, he has gone on to score 8 goals in 15 apps at Morecambe, 14 goals in 72 apps for FGR and 13 goals in 38 apps for the Gas.

Mansfield though offer a better chance of that top seven finish than the Gas who I have to say are rather inert despite their decent run of results.

Anyway, let’s focus on the Super U’s. So, four games unbeaten our first double and consecutive victories for the first time this season.

We can go to the Mem with confidence and an approach which says we are not going to roll over this evening. An easy journey for Wessex and Mr and Mrs Witham and Noah will all be there. Wishing them all a safe journey.

Now my team selection is dependent upon returns from injury.

If fit then Dallison must partner Chambers. MWH at Right Back.
Wiredu, Skuse and Chilvers in midfield and then Big John Sears and Edwards up front.
Doubts injury wise remain over Huws and Judge but a place on the bench for Judge if fit.

But we will see.

Team

George

MWH Chambers Dallison Kenlock

Wiredu Skuse Chilvers

Edwards Akinde Sears

Subs

Hornby Eastman Smith Tchamadeu Andrews Wright Judge

Now we know that WB would rather do anything but play two strikers, but even he must have seen how the team purred for those 15 minutes second half against Scunny with two strikers, a positive mindset and defensive woes banished. If only we could bottle that and sell it, we would be top of the league. The shackles had been removed and the confidence coursed through the player’s veins.

I know that we cannot always reproduce that form but when we do it is a pleasure to watch the team and the supporters appreciate it. The expressions on the faces of the players said it all. It was like Barrow away again with players jumping into the crowd and ecstasy amongst the club and supporters.

Please let us not return to type tonight and let ourselves down with another non appearance and a 3-0 defeat. Instead take the game to them and go for the three points. It would be the perfect result to take us into the televised game on Monday against FGR.

My prediction 3-2 to the U’s with Edwards, Big John and Chilvers on the scoresheet.

The final ten games: 11 points needed

Bristol Rovers A
FGR H
Tranmere H
Harrogate A*
Stevenage H
Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H
Hartlepool A*

Weather tonight 9 degrees Celsius, mostly cloudy no rain. A decent night for football.
Safe journey to the travelling faithful

Don’t forget it is on iFollow as well.

Enjoy the game.

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Rusty old Iron undone by Chilvers brilliance at Glanford Park
at 22:59 14 Mar 2022

Four matches unbeaten, our first double of the season and consecutive wins for the first time this season. Things are beginning to look up at the JSCS.

However, for 55 minutes on Saturday afternoon it was anything but rosy. Colchester were lack lustre, lacking pace, one dimensional and playing a single striker has proved time and time again that it is not the answer this season.

More of that later. Saturday was bright, mild and sunny 13 degrees Celsius at Glanford Park. I arrived in good time, met up with Gerry and we enjoyed a decent meal at the Hungry Horse (which Gerry kindly paid for). We chatted to four Scunny supporters who had an air of resignation about them and were already “looking forward” to battles with Grimsby next season. They challenged us to watch their team and we would know why they were going down.

As it turned out a lack of goals, confidence and a failure to keep 11 men on the pitch eventually did for them.

Walking into the ground we were on the look out for the Ukrainian flag amongst the faithful contingent because that marked out Mr and Mrs Witham. It was great to finally meet up with them. Noah was almost a late arrival and he was looking out for a glass of red to assuage his thirst.

The pitch was looking in good condition and the sunshine always improves the look of the stadium.

WB had lined up as follows:

George

Coxe Chambers Smith Kenlock

Skuse Wiredu

Hannant Chilvers Edwards

Sears

Subs: Hornby Eastman Tchamadeu Welch-Hayes Akinde Andrews Wright

I was disappointed to see that even at the bottom club WB wasn’t brave enough to play a second striker.

We started reasonably well and two decent chances were missed the best of these fell to Hannant after a good cross from Edwards, but he skied it when well placed at the near post.

The faithful sang their hearts out and kept our spirits up.

Then on 11 minutes the wheels fell off. Kenlock got into a tangle on the edge of his own penalty area and Feeney went around him and drilled the ball across to Joe Nuttall who frankly couldn’t miss from 5 yards out. I hadn’t heard criticism of Kenlock before but there were some pretty irate supporters blaming him for everything including the Kennedy assassination.

Colchester dropped deeper and became more desperate. We were losing 1-0 to the bottom club and didn’t look like securing an equaliser. Then a lifeline. Matheson the Iron’s Right Back bundled Hannant over and was booked then just 9 minutes later he unceremoniously took Wiredu out on the half way line and received a second yellow.

So, after 35 minutes they were down to 10 men and surely, we would spark into life.
However, for the ten minutes until half time Scunny looked the brighter team and we looked, well simply awful.

Half time Gerry suggested to a fellow U’s fan that we would win 4-1. I simply bemoaned my 3-0 prediction which looked distant at that time.

Surely the tactician WB would change it up, but no he made no half time changes.
We didn’t even look like securing a point.

But on 55 minutes Kenlock was replaced by Wright and Big John Akinde came on for Luke Hannant.

The result of a second striker and a more attack minded team was almost instantaneous.

Noah Chilvers picked up the ball just outside the U’s penalty area, the ball flipped up and perhaps caught him on the hand but it was only accidental, he gathered momentum and headed for the Scunny penalty area. Advancing past two challenges he made it into the area and still had lots to do. Watson the keeper advanced towards him and Chilvers played a delightful finish into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

I was reminded of the goal that we conceded at Mansfield where their player ran a similar length of the field before scoring.

Queue wild celebrations. Chilvers had scored arguably our goal of the season on 60 minutes. Alan Judge might have something to say though.

We then enjoyed 15 minutes of superb attacking football, numerous corners (8), 16 shots and 9 on target.

Chilvers could do no wrong, he cut in from the left (our right) and struck a ferocious shot which the keeper did well to parry. Wiredu also launched an attack and entered the penalty area and shot strongly but the keeper managed to clear. Sears should have scored, but hit his effort straight at Watson.

It was both exciting and enjoyable and the faithful loved it. Note to WB.

Then on 67 minutes Sears provided the assist for the skilful Edwards to score with a neat diagonal finish from the right wing into the bottom left-hand corner. 2-1 and it was justified and the U’s were well on top. Great scenes between players and supporters alike.

Then a lull in play for an injury and the U’s gravitated to the side of the pitch for drinks and a team talk from WB. My lip-reading skills suggested something like this “well done lads, now we’re 2-1 up, don’t do anything rash, protect what we’ve got and I’ll bring another defender soon to sure things up.”

I think the response from the players was something like “bollocks to that boss!”

The attacks kept coming and on 76 minutes Edwards played a delightful chip and Chilvers got between the two centre backs to plant a lovely diving header past Watson. It was 3-1 and the game was up now for the Iron.

WB would have been seething and he immediately took off the industrious Edwards and brought on Miles Welch-Hayes.

MWH went to Right Back, Coxe to Left Back and Big John went up front whilst Sears dropped to the Number 10.

This however encouraged Scunny on. Nuttall hit the bar and the foot of the post with two decent efforts whilst Feeney headed wide when well placed. What I am saying is despite our lead, Scunny kept playing and could have scored at least one more to make things interesting.

WB will not get away with such defensive tactics at the Memorial Ground on Tuesday night.

An extra 5 minutes failed to provide more goals, Chilvers had deserved a hattrick but it wasn’t to be.

Noah Chilvers did make the EFL League Two team of the week with Edwards whilst Chilvers also made the EFL Team of the week and well deserved it was too. He has probably put a £1m on his transfer value.

So, what did we learn from Saturday, that WB still doesn’t have the confidence to play two strikers from the start even at the bottom club? That he wasn’t decisive enough and waited until the 55 minute before making any changes despite numerical supremacy.

That Freddie Sears simply cannot play as a lone striker against two or three central defenders and that Big John is invaluable as a target man. Edwards has all the tricks and young Wright makes a decent winger too.

Corie Andrews must feel that he is the Spy Who Came in from the Cold – WB freezes him out every game.

Dallison is a better Centre Back than Smith and makes a better pairing with Chambers. Tom Eastman has clearly walked under so many ladders and run over more black cats than you can shake a stick at.

It was good to see MWH back though.

We cannot allow this profligacy to extend to yet another season. Colchester needs to be at the top end of this wretched league not struggling at the bottom.

Table:
COL U 36 39
Orient 34 36
Barrow 35 34
Stevenage 36 34
Oldham 34 31
Scunny 36 24

10 games to play, another 11 points will secure our status again.

Scunny are down and it will probably be Stevenage to join them.

Tuesday night at the Gas and that old rogue Barton will fancy his chances. Time to make it 5 games unbeaten.

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Our first double this season against the Iron at Glanford Park
at 22:49 11 Mar 2022

After the euphoria of the win against Port Vale last weekend, the Super U’s travel to Scunny, Glanford Park (or the Sands Venue Stadium), seeking back-to-back wins, four games unbeaten and our first double of the season.

These are exciting times to support the U’s, because in the most bizarre of circumstances after the misery of the defeat to Hartlepool we have avoided defeat in the next three games to bring us to the ultimate six pointer against the Iron.

Table:
Rochdale 33 38
Carlisle 34 37
COL U 35 36
Orient 33 35
Stevenage 35 34
Barrow 34 33
Oldham 33 31
Scunny 35 24

Defeating Scunny tomorrow will not relegate them, but it will present them with a task of herculean proportions to avoid dropping out of the English Football league.

Keith Hill is the man in charge at Scunny and he knows the importance of every game now if they are to find at least another 26 points from 11 games (min 8 victories). Not an easy task.

As far as we are concerned another 14 points from 11 games will be enough. Of course, securing those as soon as possible must be the aim.

Scunny A*
Bristol Rovers A
FGR H (a game for Ukraine and live on Sky)
Tranmere H
Harrogate A*
Stevenage H
Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H
Hartlepool A*

WB will be buoyed by the recent and rare home victory. There can be no complacency however tomorrow.

Team selection will depend on the sick and injured; Cole Skuse, Alan Judge and Owura Edwards are all doubtful, whilst Ryan Clampin is the one long-term injury.

Tommy Smith does not join up with his fellow Kiwi’s for another week and will travel to Scunny.

So, I would like to see WB go with something like this:

George

Coxe Chambers Dallison Kenlock

Huws Wiredu Chilvers

Hannant Akinde Sears

Subs

Hornby Smith Eastman Tchamadeu Marshall-Miranda Andrews Wright

Scoreline, frankly time for another decisive away win 3-0 to the U’s.

CUSA are taking two coaches including Noah and I know that Mr and Mrs Witham will be there with their Ukrainian flag. I am driving down from Durham to meet up with Gerry who has a somewhat shorter journey. All this suggests a decent Away following.

The weather in Scunny will be 13 degrees Celsius sunny intervals and a fresh breeze. Possibly some rain showers too so a real mixed bag.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game and three more valuable points towards another season in League Two.

Up the U’s

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At last our first double of the season!
at 18:02 1 Mar 2022

No messing about tonight. Play the best XI (two strikers) and get the three points.

Frankly I am sick and tired of WB interfering with the side, tinkering with the starting XI and failing to be positive with the line-up.

Play the following and get Andrews back on the bench and be prepared to give him 30 minutes second half:

George

Coxe Chambers Dallison Kenlock

Wiredu Skuse Chilvers

Judge

Akinde Sears

Subs
Hornby Tchamadeu Eastman Huws Wright Edwards Andrews.

Weather 6 degrees Celsius and light rain but no wind.

This XI is the best at the present time and all the best reserves are on the bench.
If we want to stay up then play this team and get those three points.

You all know the table and it is s**t.

Get in the mood for Saturday with a handsome victory tonight.
2-0 to the U’s

Orient will bring a decent crowd we need to get behind the team and win.

Enjoy the game.

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Latics to allow the U's to secure their first double of the season
at 20:19 25 Feb 2022

Before we focus on the football it is necessary to consider the terrible atrocity being perpetrated by Putin and his thugs in Ukraine. Whatever your politics, whatever your views this is simply wrong and must be stopped. The misery being heaped upon the Ukrainian people puts everything else firmly into perspective. Their plight must occupy our thoughts and prayers.

However bad things get at the JSCS, this is nothing compared to the agony, misery, genocide and war crimes being inflicted on a sovereign independent nation. The West divided despite “sanctions” seems impotent to deal with this aggressor. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions unfurling in front of our eyes through 24-hour TV coverage. The first casualty of war is truth and that has never been a more apt and relevant statement in this unspeakable cruelty.

Back to the football which seems but a trivial pursuit.

After yet another giveaway on Tuesday night at home to the Monkey Hangers the U’s play host to Oldham Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

We fail to win football matches because having established a lead we simply do not press home our advantage. Chances are not put away because we are not clinical enough in front of goal.

This weekend we have got to put things right.

It is up to the experienced players in the team to stand up and be counted. They must encourage the youngsters to play to the standard required and to perform to win games.

I simply find it incredible that once again we are struggling having assembled a team with enough Championship experience to excel at League Two level. We have advanced backwards for ten years now.

Chambers, Skuse, Judge, Sears and Akinde have plenty of experience and knowledge to ensure that the younger members of the team are encouraged to play to their potential.

No more messing about this is the only team for Saturday afternoon, with two genuine front players not this one striker and two forward looking players nonsense.

4,3,1,2 formation

George

Coxe Chambers Dallison Kenlock

Skuse Wiredu Chilvers

Judge

Akinde Sears

Subs:
Hornby Tchamadeu Eastman Huws Wright Andrews Edwards

Oldham Athletic under John Sheridan for the 6th incarnation travel to the JSCS for the ultimate six pointer. We have become the Man Utd of League Two – teams are not afraid to attack at the JSCS, they are encouraged by a lacklustre team, devoid of ideas and with comical defending and a failure to tuck chances away. I am incandescent at the hopelessness of our position which has largely been self-inflicted.

Do not go slowly into that good night of relegation, well unfortunately at present we are hurtling lemming like towards the brink at some pace and it is unacceptable.

Our form is dire, we have become a laughing stock at home and the JSCS is like the Three Pigs flimsy accommodation trying to fend off the Big Bad Wolf. A fortress it is not.

Our games in hand squandered and now we face the real prospect of dropping into the bottom two.

Table:

Any Two of these teams could go down. Nothing is yet determined. We have to find 19 more points from 14 games to be absolutely certain of safety.

Walsall 32 35 -12
Orient 30 33 +7
Stevenage 33 33 -20
Barrow 31 31 -9
COL U 32 31 -17
Oldham 30 29 -16
Carlisle 31 28 -22
Scunny 33 23 -32

The ultimate disgrace was losing to Hartlepool on Tuesday a game that we should have won 2 or 3 NIL. But we let them back in and then capitulated in farcical style. Look again at the defending which was awful.

The games remain to secure the points but we are so weak at present.

John Akinde was unable to last 90 minutes on Tuesday and it was right not to risk him, but he was effective against the Monkey Hangers and once he went off, we no longer looked a threat in the final third.

It seems an age since we won at Boundary Park and Holker Street and Moor Lane.

Aeons have passed since we last put a team to the sword and I have lost track of the number of thrashings we have had inflicted upon us this season. A minus 17 Goal Difference says it all and ultimately it may come down to this to determine who goes down.

Even if we do survive (again) what will happen next season. We are all at sea and devoid of attacking intent, the chances missed are legion and a number of players do not look to have the stomach for the fight.

WB is not the answer. Managers are falling like lead balloons at present and big names are being employed to get teams out of the brown and pungent.

Ferguson may well be the answer, but whilst RC sticks to this internal recruitment, we will not attract the quality required to get us out of this mess.

Can we win tomorrow, of course, but can we really win and keep a clean sheet to give some confidence ahead of Orient and Port Vale. Then of course comes the vital Scunny game. It would be almost too much to bear if we were to lose that game.

Remaining fixtures:

Oldham H
Orient H
PV H
Scunny A*
Bristol Rovers A
FGR H - Live on Sky
Tranmere H
Harrogate A*
Stevenage H
Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H
Hartlepool A*

The weather tomorrow in Colchester is set fair. 9 degrees Celsius and dry with sunshine with a light breeze. Ideal for football.

For those of the faithful who are going to brave the game, I hope that you enjoy it and that your support can will the team to three invaluable points.

Scoreline 2-0 to the U’s

Up the U’s

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Monkey Hangers hung out to dry at the JSCS tonight
at 19:01 22 Feb 2022

Last Saturday the 2pm game was an unmitigated disaster. Another 3-0 defeat and again we make an average side look good.

We now move on to four successive Home games. These will define our season and anything less than 9 points will see the U’s firmly in the brown and pungent.

Now the good news, players are returning from injury and must be pressed into service. The rot must be stopped. Hartlepool United, the Monkey Hangers, now unbeaten in 7 games come to the JSCS led by Graeme Lee. This match of course was postponed last December owing to multiple COVID casualties amongst the Hartlepool squad.

John Akinde, Noah Chilvers, Corie Andrews and Tom Dallison should all figure in the matchday 18. It is uncertain whether Shamal George will be returned between the sticks. WB appears to have taken a dislike to George after his sending off or maybe to be charitable Sam Hornby has been playing very well.

Still, I want to see wholesale changes tonight. I have banged on all season about two strikers and I am not about to let up tonight. WB has got to stop the fear of defeat from making his side more adventurous. We go 2-0 down and only then start to play. It is not good enough.

This is the side that must start tonight in a 4,3,1,2 formation:

George

Tchamadeu Chambers Dallison Kenlock

Skuse Wiredu Chilvers

Judge

Andrews Sears

Subs
Hornby MWH Smith Huws Hannant Akinde Edwards

John Akinde would start if fully fit but I think he has taken longer to get over the COVID malaise and should be given 30 minutes in the second half from the bench.
Emyr Huws is a good player but Wiredu and Chilvers start ahead of him in my team formation.

Andrews should be given 90 minutes and Sears should go off after 60 minutes for Big John.

Table
Barrow 31 31
COL U 31 31
Oldham 30 29
Carlisle 31 28
Scunny 32 32

Our games in hand have been whittled away, one might say thrown away. Oldham are recovering and we play them next in the ultimate six pointer. And of course, after Orient and Port Vale we travel to Scunny for yet another 6 pointer.

Apologies to RS Cosworth but I am afraid that I have finally come to terms with the fact that it is all about survival now and finding 19 more points. The dream or fantasy of 70 points has long since disappeared. The remaining fixtures should allow this to happen but not if we play poorly again like last Saturday.

Six of those points should come against the Monkey Hangers just to rub it into Jeff Stelling (who hates Colchester).

Hartlepool H
Oldham H
Orient H
PV H
Scunny A*
Bristol Rovers A
FGR H - Live on Sky
Tranmere H
Harrogate A*
Stevenage H
Exeter A
Bradford H
Newport A
Walsall H
Hartlepool A*

Score prediction 3-1 Colchester tonight.

IFollow £10 to watch the match live.

Weather tonight at the JSCS 7 degrees Celsius clear and dry which makes a pleasant change.

Attendance less than 2,500.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s


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Cobblers to come unstitched against the Super U's
at 12:40 19 Feb 2022

Time is very tight this week after a busy schedule.

Today the Super U’s travel to Sixfields at 2pm to play the Cobblers led by Jon Brady.

Weather 7 degrees Celsius with a light breeze and rain showers. Certainly, a vast improvement on Storm Eunice.

John Akinde and Noah Chilvers should be in contention for a place today. Tom Dallison and long tern injury victim Ryan Clampin remain side-lined.

Predicted score 3-1 to Colchester (we owe Northampton one after the jammy 1-0 at the JSCS earlier in the season).

My Predicted team:

George

Tchamadeu Chambers Smith Kenlock

Skuse Wiredu Chilvers

Judge

Akinde Sears

Subs
Hornby MWH, Hannant Andrews Huws Edwards Wright

However, WB will go for:
George
Tchamadeu Chambers Smith Kenlock
Skuse Wiredu
Edwards Wright
Judge
Sears

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game

Up the U’s


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